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So, as kind of a paying hobby, I clean pcs that are infected and install software to keep 'em running smoothly.

I admit I'm completely computer illiterate when it comes to coding and such so I'm kind of stuck with an idea I have.

[ A little background: Today I cleaned up my buddy's pc and it had 700+ trojans that were killing his net connection. Usually what I do is: disable Restore; boot into Safe Mode; run MalwareBytes; reboot into Safe Mode With Networking and run House Call from trendmicro; install Avast (free); then use Glary Utilities to patch up the system and clean out the registry and such. *A previous instance: I know a lady that disconnected her internet cause her son "ruined" the pc with viruses and stuff. She wanted me to clean it [I]before [/I]she called and restored internet service. Same deal as above. Had a hard time because my stuff couldn't update itself...]

Today I couldn't get onto the net at all at first and MalwareBytes was asking to be updated before running.

#1 Would it be possible to keep an updated version of MB on my rig then pack it up and take it on my flash drive when I need it? I was thinking of using IExpress or PowerISO to create the .exe package with it and go from there... But I'm not sure how to do it.

#2 Also, does anyone know if any of these are reputable? Portable Avs/

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Yeah I'm a noob at this stuff but I mostly do it for friends then charge them like 20 bucks or so...just to kinda help them out. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
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get magic iso
and iso burn

get a carry case for discs, burn everything to disc, go to clients house in suit with the carry case (preferably a metal case) open it, start working (makes you look cool) lol. Yeah just burn everything to disc dude.
    
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I am pretty sure that the software needs to connect to the internet in order to download the updates. Unless you can download the updates as a seperate file, I don't think so?
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You might check out Combofix. If it's killing the net connection usually there's a driver/rootkit that's cuasing it and Combofix is really good about getting rid of that stuff. As for an upto date version of MalwareBytes portable I know that someone was successful in getting BartsPE loaded with it but I do not have the link to how.
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@scotty453, Yeah I use PowerISO and Image Burn to burn files/iso's to discs but, like you said: most AVs want an update before they run. Mmmm.... I wish I was smarter

@Pavix, Yeah ComboFix is a monster, I've used it before.

Man, I may just start recommending "nuking" drives to fix things the easy way. Absolutely ridiculous how screwed up some peoples' machines can get.

Thanks for the input guys. Reps+

I'm going to check these out and see what they are about:
Portable Avs.

Edited by crashdummy35 - 10/11/11 at 4:59pm
 
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If you can't fix it with one or two off the shelf utilities, there's generally no way to guarantee that you'll actually clean up their mess entirely.

At that point it may be more secure to reformat.
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Originally Posted by beers;15268641 
If you can't fix it with one or two off the shelf utilities, there's generally no way to guarantee that you'll actually clean up their mess entirely.

At that point it may be more secure to reformat.

That's for reeelz beers. I'm seriously amazed at how f'ed up some peoples' rigs get. I mean: what the hell do they do to cause such truly immense problems..?

Meh, if I can't fix it outright...it's "nuke town" from now on.

Thanks for the input. Beer time for me, bro.
 
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You can spend countless hours trying to clean a machine -- that's why I prefer the format / clean install myself. I will try to salvage any pic's and doc's for them though. smile.gif
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Why do you let programs touch the registry D:
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Quote:
Originally Posted by biltong;15274640 
Why do you let programs touch the registry D:

I trust Tune Up Utilities 100% when it comes to: cleaning registry errors/broken files paths/empty folders/redundant files & short cuts.... And Glary Utilities is based off of Tune Ups older builds and it has a free version.

So, if I do successfully clean out the viruses from a pc, I then install Glary Utilities to give the operating system a thorough "cleaning" also.
 
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